National Affairs: Bilbonic Plague

For more than 20 years four men have played ring-around-a-rosy in Mississippi politics, now denouncing, now supporting each other. Hardened to sudden shifts, Mississippi "peckerwoods"* have listened for two decades with comparatively straight faces to Senators Byron Patton Harrison and Theodore Gilmore Bilbo, to Paul Burney Johnson and Martin Sennett Conner. In 1935 they began listening to another man, Hugh Lawson White, and elected him Governor, some say, for the novelty of a new political face.

Last week came the run-off Democratic primary for the Governorship. Once more the lineups were twisted unbelievably....

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